London cabbie win GUKPT poker tournament

Posted by Gerry Poltorak on May 03, 2011 Posted in UK Poker News | No Comments »

A total of 171 players entered the latest tournament on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) taking place in Walsall, England. One of the players was a local cab driver from London named Alan Mansbridge who decided to forego booking a hotel room figuring he would be eliminated on Day 1 of the two-day tournament according to

Mansbridge decision seemed to look prophetic as he barely managed to get through Day 1 of the GUKPT Walsall Main Event –a £1,000 buy-in tournament– and entered Day 2 as the short-stack at the table. However, that is when the taxi driver, Mansbridge, began weaving his way through the final table much like the cramped London streets he drives on, and eventually was able to claim victory and collect the £50,000 first-place prize-money after defeating Martin Holmes in heads-up action.

Here is a look at the final table payouts for the 2011 GUKPT Walsall Main Event:

1.    Alan Mansbridge — £50,000
2.    Martin Holmes — £34,830
3.    Simon Deadman — £21,930
4.    Danny Toffel — £13,330
5.    Nick Hicks — £10,320
6.    Ryan Spittles — £8,170
7.    Benjamin Jenkins — £6,450
8.    Adrian Eley — £4,730
9.    Craig Burgess — £3,440

The next stop on the main GUKPT will take place in Luton, England in mid-August, although there are a number of side events on the Summer Series of the GUKPT scheduled in the interim. For a complete look at the GUKPT schedule you can check out their website at or check out some of the free poker sites that might be running satillites to the next GUKPT.

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